3 year old Bald Eagle at Wingham

by Alex Strong
(Wingham, Ontario, Canada)

3 yr Bald Eagle

3 yr Bald Eagle

3 yr Bald Eagle
3 yr Bald Eagle
3 yr Bald Eagle
3 yr Bald Eagle

A 3 year old Bald Eagle was seen in a rare old Elm. It was -7C and snowing lightly; the snow is evident in the flight photo.


The feathering changes until adulthood are complex and I needed some research to determine what I had photographed.

I think that the mild winter and open water on the Maitland River is responsible for the Bald Eagle sightings in my area this February 2012.

Wow, thank you so much for your beautiful pictures, they are amazing!

I'm no expert on Birds, but your fella looks a little like an Osprey, I'm not sure, with the stripe over they eye, and the dark patches under the wings, but I bet one of our readers would know for sure.

Whatever this is, your pictures are lovely and I thank you for sending them to us!


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Mar 30, 2014
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Rough Legged Hawk
by: Anonymous

100% that is a Rough Legged Hawk.

May 03, 2012
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Hawk or Eagle?
by: Anonymous

The bill on that bird is too short to be an eagle. It looks like a light phase of a hawk to me.

Mar 14, 2012
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3 year old Eagles
by: Anonymous

Google "aging bald eagles". Interestingly, 3 year olds often have an eye patch similar to the Osprey. AES PS-these birds are very impressive and 2 to 3 times bigger than an Osprey.

Mar 14, 2012
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Eagles !
by: n0va59

Sigh !!! lol great shots btw...The reason for the sigh is I so badly want to see an eagle. I KNOW they are making a big comeback to Ontario and I have faith that one day I WILL see one...in the meantime I will satisfy myself with hawks
So glad you had your camera handy ...thanks !

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